Dark Side of Oz

[Setup]  [Similarities with Pictures]  [Similarities]  [Conclusion]  [Pink Floyd Lyrics]

I've done this experiment quite a few times, and I'll have to admit that there are a lot of coincidental events and themes. Although Pink Floyd has never admitted to doing such a thing (except Roger, who stays quiet when asked), there are just a few points that should be examined. I guess you'll just have to come to your own conclusion. It's just the way it is with this band. But one thing this experiment does do is bring the theme of The Dark Side to life, whether it was intentional or not. In other words, IT'S WORTH DOING! This page was brought to life to explore a possible theme for this great controversy. Hope you enjoy the show!

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Trippy inspiration for Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon ~ 24x36"



Getting Setup
   It will probably take you a few tries to get the synch lined up just right so be patient. First load the Dark Side of the Moon CD into your CD player and hit PLAY (>) and then immediately hit PAUSE (II) so it is cued up and ready to roll. Be sure also to set your CD player to continuous replay. This in most CD players is done by hitting the "REPEAT" button twice. Hitting it once will repeat only the presently playing track so hit the button two (2) times and it will replay the CD over and over. The CD will play roughly two and a quarter times through the entire length of the movie. Now start the video and get past all the preview junk (about five minutes worth on the THX voersion) at the beginning and watch for the BLACK & WHITE MGM lion to roar. After the BLACK &WHITE MGM Lion roars for the THIRD (3rd) time IMMEDIATELY hit the play button on the CD player.
Be sure to turn down the sound on the TV because the dialogue and original soundtrack are not necessary for this experiment. "The Dark Side of the Moon" will provide all the sound you need. For your most enjoyment make sure you get number one in the list below exactly right. Don't worry if you have to restart it a few times. The effect is worth the trouble. I have discovered some problems with a few of the compact stereos with the CD player on the top. They either do not have a "repeat" function or the response is a bit delayed.. Therefore your results after the first playthrough will probably vary from this list. Just get the first one listed below correct and you will at least get the first and best playthough just fine.
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Similarities with Pictures
  • "Balanced on the biggest wave" as Dorthy's balancing on the fence.
  • On the Run starts as Dorthy falls. Notice the theme of the music as everyone panics.
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On the Run
  • Notice how at the end of the song, you hear thunder and then the camera shot of the sky. Could there be a storm coming?
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  • The ringing of bells is heard as Time starts and the witch enters on her bike.
  • Notice how Dorthy look's back and forth, in sync with the guitar picks, well kinda.
  • During the guitar solo in Time, you will see the fortune teller's sign. It reads Past, Present, and Future.
  • During the reprise of Breathe, notice Dorthy's reaction to the fortune teller, like she's being foretold something great. There's no place like "home, home again".
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Great Gig in the Sky
  • The song starts as Dorthy leaves the fortune teller.
  • Spoken : "I'm not frightend of dying, anytime will do, I don't mind" as Dorthy soon faces her near death experience.
  • Notice how the camera angles change with the music.
  • Notice how the singer sings as Dorthy panics.
  • The singer slows down as the window hits Dorthy in the head.
  • The song ends as Dorthy leaves the house.
  • Why is it called the Great Gig in the Sky? Could it be that the house is in the sky?
  • I always wondered why Clare Torry sung like that.
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  • Notice how the movie is now in color.
  • The song starts as Dorthy enters Oz to the sound of cash registers and money chimes.
  • The munchkins seem to dance in beat during the guitar solo.
  • At the end of the song, you hear spoken : "I don't know; I was really drunk at the Time". Isn't there a rumor that the munchkins were all drunks? That's why they marched out of step?
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Us and Them
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  • Notice Certificate of Death.
  • Ballerinas enter on "Us . . . Us . . . Us . . .".
  • Notice how the munchkins move to the music.
  • Is it "which is which" or witch is witch?
  • "Down . . . Down . . . Down . . ." as the bad witch of the east goes down.
  • "Round and Round . . ." repeated shots of the red slippers.
  • "Out . . . Out . . . Out . . ." as the good witch of the north disappears.
  • The scenes change as the song ends.
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Any Colour You Like as long as it's black
  • Isn't this movie now in color?
  • Notice how Dorthy walks as the song starts.
  • Any path you want to take.
Brain Damage
  • Scarecrow sings If I Only Had a Brain. What's the name of this song?
  • As the song ends with da heartbeat, Dorthy's trying to hear a heartbeat in the Tin Man.
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Other Interesting Facts
  • Why is Time capitalized in the introductry text?
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow and the prism on the album cover.
  • The Division Bell
    • Why is there a concentration on 3 in this album? For the third lion roar? The 3 guys with the banners? The three observatories? Three clicks to go home?
    • What about the monkeys in Keep Talking?
    • Sleeping flowers?
    • The Division Bell?
  • P.U.L.S.E.
    • Why are the six girls pushing/pulling the big red shoe?

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      graphic from Pink Floyd The Division Bell Guitar Tablature Edition

    • There's the 3 left symbol. Once again the 3.
    • On the album cover : the bike, the bell ("caused the faithful to their knees")?
    • Note the concentration of the colors black and white, and fire.
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 Dorthy is on Earth, and everyone is talking to her, but this what are they really saying?
 "Breathe in the air", Air, Earth and Water, the basis of life (Mother Nature).
 "Leave, but don't leave me", It's funny how we are with the ones that we love.
- "Look around, choose your own ground", Get your own bag (of chips). Do what you want.
 "All you touch and all you see", life on earth is so tangible.
 Working, it's just a cycle of the same thing (circle).
 Don't take risks, be conservative.
On the Run
 The famous and sweet dreamer's song Somewhere Over the Rainbow, or the psychotic sounds of On the Run. Very
contrasting concepts.
 Time is a fact of life, since we measure our life span with it. Time will always exist, since it's just a perfect concept. Time is infinite, but why does it start at the birth of Christ. Why are there 7 days. Okay, one question then, was there a Big Bang or a Creation. Well the way I see it is that even if there was a Big Bang, what caused it? Furthermore, what existed before the Big Bang, since Time is infinite. Surely something does not come from nothing, unless you create it.
 During the Breathe reprise, "Far away, across the field, the tolling of the iron bell, caused the faithful to their knees, to
hear the softly spoken magic spells". There's no place like "home, home again".
Great Gig in the Sky
 Death should be a Great Gig in the Sky. Death is the climax of life.
 "Here were these long-haired hippie types asking her (Clare Torry) to sing a song with no words, about death". Quote
from the book Another Brick In the Wall by Cliff Jones.
 The theme song of Hell. Enter Dorthy.
 The Good Witch is an Angel, cause as she leaves as a pink ball, all the munchkins plea to her.
 There will be dancing and a parade.
 "I don't know; I was really drunk at the Time".
 Why do people talk so much shit when their drunk?
Us and Them
 The actual performance. The performance isn't perfect, this is Hell.
 You have to admit that this is the "brightest" song of the album.
 Lot's of moral issues in this song, and possible solutions.
 Certificate of Death for Dorthy.
 Ballerinas enter on "Us . . . Us . . . Us . . .".
 "Me . . . Me . . . Me . . . and You . . . You . . . You . . ., God only knows it's not what we would choose to do".
 Me, the Soul of Hell and You.
- The scenes change as the song ends.
Any Colour You Like as long as it's black
 Isn't this movie now in color?
Brain Damage
 Scarecrow sings If I Only Had a Brain. What's the name of this song?
 Eclipse, Life is like a book, everything that you do in your Life is written. History can only be told one way. Life is just a part of Time, and can only be seen one way, that is after death. It's the Present that we must now concentrate on to make the Future brighter. It's all about Respect. It's "Right Now, what are you waiting for"? "No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun". There is no detail in Life that should be overlooked. Every action does cause a reaction. The After-Life is . . . All the you touch, and all that see, all that you taste, all you feel, and all that you love, and all that you hate, all you distrust, all you save, and all that you give, and all that you deal, and all that you buy, beg, borrow or steal, and all you create, and all you distroy, and all that you do, and all that you say, and all that you eat, and everyone you meet, and all that you slite, and everyone you fight, and all that is now, and all that is gone, and all that's to come, and evrything under the Sun is in tune, but the Sun is eclipsed by the Moon. 
 "but the Sun is eclipsed by the Moon". . .
 As the song ends with a heartbeat, Dorthy's trying to hear a heartbeat in the Tin Man.






Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Lyrics

Released March, 1973

"Speak to Me" (Mason)

"I've been mad for fucking years, absolutely years, been
over the edge for yonks, been working me buns off for bands..."

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the
most of us...very hard to explain why you're mad, even
if you're not mad..."


"Breathe" (Waters, Gilmour, Wright)

Breathe, breathe in the air.
Don't be afraid to care.
Leave but don't leave me.
Look around and choose your own ground.

Long you live and high you fly
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be.

Run, rabbit run.
Dig that hole, forget the sun,
And when at last the work is done
Don't sit down it's time to dig another one.

For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race towards an early grave.

"On The Run" (Gilmour, Waters)

[female announcer, announcing flights at airport, including 'Rome']
"Live for today, gone tomorrow, that's me, HaHaHaaaaaa!"


"Time" (Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour)

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I'd something more to say.

"Breathe" (reprise)

Home, home again.
I like to be here when I can.
When I come home cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire.
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells.

"The Great Gig in the Sky" (Wright)

"And I am not frightened of dying, any time will do, I
don't mind. Why should I be frightened of dying?
There's no reason for it, you've gotta go sometime."

"If you can hear this whispering you are dying."

"I never said I was frightened of dying."


"Money" (Waters)

Money, get away.
Get a good job with good pay and you're okay.
Money, it's a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team.

Money, get back.
I'm all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack.
Money, it's a hit.
Don't give me that do goody good bullshit.
I'm in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet.

Money, it's a crime.
Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie.
Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today.
But if you ask for a raise it's no surprise that they're
giving none away.

"HuHuh! I was in the right!"
"Yes, absolutely in the right!"
"I certainly was in the right!"
"You was definitely in the right. That geezer was cruising for a
"Why does anyone do anything?"
"I don't know, I was really drunk at the time!"
"I was just telling him, he couldn't get into number 2. He was asking
why he wasn't coming up on freely, after I was yelling and
screaming and telling him why he wasn't coming up on freely.
It came as a heavy blow, but we sorted the matter out"

"Us and Them" (Waters, Wright)

Us, and them
And after all we're only ordinary men.
Me, and you.
God only knows it's noz what we would choose to do.
Forward he cried from the rear
and the front rank died.
And the general sat and the lines on the map
moved from side to side.
Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who.
Up and down.
But in the end it's only round and round.
Haven't you heard it's a battle of words
The poster bearer cried.
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There's room for you inside.

"I mean, they're not gunna kill ya, so if you give 'em a quick short,
sharp, shock, they won't do it again. Dig it? I mean he get off
lightly, 'cos I would've given him a thrashing - I only hit him once!
It was only a difference of opinion, but really...I mean good manners
don't cost nothing do they, eh?"

Down and out
It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about.
With, without.
And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about?
Out of the way, it's a busy day
I've got things on my mind.
For the want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died.

"Any Colour You Like" (Gilmour, Mason, Wright)


"Brain Damage" (Waters)

The lunatic is on the grass.
The lunatic is on the grass.
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs.
Got to keep the loonies on the path.

The lunatic is in the hall.
The lunatics are in my hall.
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more.

And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

The lunatic is in my head.
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane.
You lock the door
And throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me.

And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear.
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

"I can't think of anything to say except...
I think it's marvelous! HaHaHa!"

"Eclipse" (Waters)

All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste
All you feel.
All that you love
All that you hate
All you distrust
All you save.
All that you give
All that you deal
All that you buy,
beg, borrow or steal.
All you create
All you destroy
All that you do
All that you say.
All that you eat
And everyone you meet
All that you slight
And everyone you fight.
All that is now
All that is gone
All that's to come
and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

"There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."